There’s a new sheriff in town, led by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. The Oklahoma City Thunder take over the top spot after a perfect 4-0 record this week. The Spurs had one mishap, albeit with four of their best players resting at home.
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Last week’s rankings are in parentheses.
1. (4) Oklahoma City Thunder (15-4) – Durant shooting 53.4/50.0/91.0 in last 10 games. Wow. Five-game homestand on tap.
2. (2) San Antonio Spurs (14-4) – Coach Pop spat on the fans in Miami, but the team is still tremendous.
3. (1) Memphis Grizzlies (13-3) – A tough loss to the Spurs and one they should have lost to the Suns. Minor panic time?
4. (3) Miami Heat (12-4) – They can’t keep playing one solid quarter per game. Came back to bite them against lowly Washington Wizards.
5. (6) New York Knicks (12-4) – The defense is coming back and Melo’s minutes are coming down. Both great signs.
7. (7) Los Angeles Clippers (11-6) – As much as we like Jamal Crawford, there’s enough talent that a starter should lead the team in scoring.
8. (8) Atlanta Hawks (9-5) – Rebounding and free-throws are a big problem and will just intensify come playoff time.
9. (9) Denver Nuggets (9-9) – The road hasn’t been kind and they’ve got a long trip ahead. Ty Lawson needs to come around now.
10. (14) Chicago Bulls (8-8) – An 80-76 loss to Indiana showcased the need for Derrick Rose to return. He’s coming soon.
11. (15) Golden State Warriors (10-7) – Stephen Curry has risen and is back to being a star, but how do they lose at home to Orlando?
12. (16) Minnesota Timberwolves (8-8) – Ricky Rubio is practicing and awaiting his return. Impressive thumping of the 76ers on the road Tuesday.
13. (17) Houston Rockets (9-8) – They’re tremendous at home, including holding off the Lakers Tuesday. Could Jeremy Lin be benched soon?
14. (11) Boston Celtics (9-8) – Rajon Rondo is the heart of the team but he’s too flawed as a leader. This team needs more focus.
15. (10) Philadelphia 76ers (10-8) – Jrue Holiday has been great, but no consistency elsewhere hurts. Thad Young leads team with 7.4 rebounds? Ick.
21. (22) Dallas Mavericks (8-9) – For a team with so much individual talent, they aren’t very good. No legitimate second scorer hurts. Get well soon, Dirk.
23. (21) Charlotte Bobcats (7-9) – Regression to the mean can’t be avoided. Ben Gordon leads the team in PER. Really?
25. (26) Detroit Pistons (6-13) – Awesome at home, terrible on the road. How can they be so bad? Do they love to party or something?
26. (25) New Orleans Hornets (5-11) – Please tell us it’s a dream that the Hornets are changing their name to the Pelicans. Do Pelicans have unibrows?
27. (28) Toronto Raptors (4-14) – Remember when we thought the Raptors were going to be good this year? Seems like a decade ago.
29. (27) Sacramento Kings (4-12) – Dysfunctional, not that talented and missing a hungry and aggressive DeMarcus Cousins.
30. (30) Washington Wizards (2-13) – They’ve beat the Heat three consecutive times, so, they’ve got that going for them. Is John Wall still alive?
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